House fires damaged two homes one east of Sandy and another at 953 S. Denver St. - Tuesday evening, but no one was injured, fire officials reported.

Battalion Chief Elston Snow said the first fire occurred about 9:41 p.m. at the Milton Stokes residence, 7654 S. Windwood Circle (3320 East), and caused about $40,000 in damage. He said Mrs. Stokes and her two children had left the residence for a short time Tuesday night and returned to hear smoke detectors buzzing. They soon discovered the basement and rear of the home wereon fire.Three fire trucks and 15 firemen responded to the blaze and brought it quickly under control. Snow said the fire was extinguished in about four minutes and that crews spent about two hours mopping up at the scene. While no one was injured, a Stokes' pet cat apparently died in the blaze. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The second fire was reported at 10:19 p.m., and resulted in $30,000 in damage before being extinguished. Firemen brought the fire under control within 20 minutes of the call, with damage restricted to two rooms of the structure. SLC Battalion Chief Gary Maxfield said the blaze was suspected to be electric in origin. Investigators were called in to determine the specific cause.